day 2541: Quiet Eyes

“You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.”

My friend (and long time loyal PwK reader) Bob sent me an article on how the Formula One (F1) team McLaren improved their performance.  It’s attached here. It’s fascinating as the precision that goes into this type of racing is so critical. There are a couple of great lessons in here, but the one that really caught me was the concept of having “Quiet Eyes”.  The research their Team Chief did to find that extra edge resulted in recognizing that just the fraction of a second that high performance athletes take to concentrate on their targets (whether it is a golf putt or a basketball rim) can make all of the difference. He deemed that extra-time moment as “Quiet Eyes”.  It made me think that we could all benefit from finding the opportunities we have to find our own “Quiet Eyes” moments that could improve our performance.  We are in the age of distraction so it is harder and harder to find just that extra minute or moment, but as the data shows, it’s worth it.

Is God not asking us to give Him some more of our “Quiet Eyes” when He says for us to be still and listen for Him.  Each day with a little more time focused on Him, we could find another level of peace, joy and love which we can carry with us into our workday. Our work is important without question, but within our work we can bring our own “Quiet Eyes” into our jobs and to our work spaces. We all know there is enough “noise” to try and pull us in the wrong directions, so it’s worth the extra attention and time to be sure that we don’t get caught up in that noise.

Reference: 1 Peter 3:4 (New Living Translation)

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